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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
316 Reviews

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316 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, ethical work force, and the APO division is very well administered (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 12 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great missions, great people, great areas to work

    Cons

    old leadership, lack of innovaiton, small budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fight for more defense monies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Coast Guard Aviation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AET3  in  Elizabeth City, NC
    Current Employee - AET3 in Elizabeth City, NC

    Pros

    Had fun but it was time to move on

    Cons

    Not offering up to date training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful people, wonderful mission

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civilan  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Civilan in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good benefits and your work schedules needs are easily accommodated. Diversity occurs naturally, as people come from all walks of life. They have 11 different congressionally mandated missions. You know gong in that you are part of a higher calling.

    Cons

    Work conditions can, naturally be a little harsh. Civilian tuition assistance for college is needed. Careers can be stove-piped making career progression difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider career development and workforce planning programs. Tie the mission of the active and reserve forces together. And teach NCOs how to train NCOs, 90% of training is not done at an A-school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Exciting and rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Third Class in Alameda, CA

    Pros

    Travel, experience, structure, adventure excitement

    Cons

    Not for all family types..gone for months at a time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Coast Guard Electronics and Information Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager  in  Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Portsmouth, VA

    Pros

    Exceptional work force, extremely dedicated to the Coast Guard missions, and to the people, both in the service and those being served. Very "team" focused and goal oriented. Highly ethical,with great importance centered around the core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.

    Cons

    Must be flexible and ready for worldwide assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Coast Guard stresses leadership, team work, and dedication to the job, service and country. Members can be counted on to work as a team, while also continually looking for ways to improve both themselves and the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROFESSIONAL with substantial experience in executive level management of information technology.

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    Current Employee - Resources Management Division, Chief  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Resources Management Division, Chief in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Great Core values, always put people employees first. A good feeling of Government service helping others and the Nation.

    Cons

    As a Governmenment Agency oftntimes Congress and the Federal Budget influence the direction of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the course is a great place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good organization.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The most laid back of all military branches. Good benefits and programs designed to help young families. The missions of the Coast Guard stand out among the five military branches and are something that I can get behind.

    Cons

    The military culture is something that I have never been a fan of and the inflated ego's at times. Frequent moves can be difficult as well. In my six and a half year career my family has moved four times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the organization closer to a business and understand the importance of efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    US Coast Guard

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    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician  in  Atlantic City, NJ
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician in Atlantic City, NJ

    Pros

    Benefits; education; training; pay & allowances; vacation

    Cons

    Moving every few years is difficult on family, especially the children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize micro-management and how it negatively affects your personnel. Provide clear tasking with desired results then step back and let your people make it happen. If, as a supervisor, you have done your job correctly, your people will get the job done correctly and most importantly, safely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic armed force with real, operational missions.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People orientated, humanitarian and law enforcement mission focused.

    Cons

    Absolutely none - every assignment a joy, every mission worthwhile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    22 years of service

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Coast Guard has been much more than a place of employment for me, it has provided me with training and experience to excel in life, not just the organization. It places a high value on its personnel by encouraging success in all members incentives for education and training and regularly providing human relations training. Also has an excellent work/life program for assistance with personal problems off the job.

    Cons

    Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months away from home.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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